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Metabolic disorders and liver cancer

23 – 26 April 2017 | Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Registration deadline

01 March 2017

Abstract submission deadline

12 February 2017

Selected participants will be notified by

23 February 2017

Payment deadline

01 March 2017

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About the workshop

Almost 30 million people in the European Union suffer from chronic liver diseases. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fifth most common cause of cancer in Europe, with viral hepatitis being an important risk factor. Chronic hepatitis, alcohol consumption and obesity are the leading causes of cirrhosis. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming an epidemic with a prevalence rate around 30% due in part to the increasing incidence of obesity in Europe.

The overall goal of this EMBO Workshop is to provide the most important and up-to-date research in the field of liver metabolism and disease. The conference will focus on understanding the recent progress in liver diseases in order to provide a forum for discussions on mechanisms of liver cancer and metabolism. Topics presented will include the signaling pathways that regulate liver cancer and metabolism. It is also our objective to highlight the latest discoveries in liver circadian rhythm and the relevance of liver metabolism in the development of metabolic disease and liver cancer. Furthermore, advances in treating liver cancer and metabolic disorders will be discussed during the workshop.


Speakers will cover topics from metabolic research and diabetes to NASH, liver cancer and therapy. This range of research topics will permit participants to decipher the underlying networks regulating liver function and how they may be affected in disease.






Registration deadline

01 March 2017

Abstract submission deadline

12 February 2017

Selected participants will be notified by

23 February 2017

Payment deadline

01 March 2017










Registration includes:

  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 welcome cocktail and several coffee breaks, all with the speakers
  • Abstract book
  • Accommodation for speakers only

Selection Criteria

The main criteria for participant selection will be quality and relevance of submitted abstracts.
In addition, the following will be taken into consideration:

  1. gender balance
  2. age-seniority balance
  3. geographic location

Ten short talks will be selected from abstracts based on quality and novelty.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material and be limited to 350 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk.

Poster Specifications

Please bring a printed copy of your poster, A0 size, portrait format.

We will have three 2-hour poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers and colleagues. Prizes (sponsored by the FEBS and MCB Journals) will be awarded to the best posters presented during the meeting.


Payment should be by bank transfer to the following account:

Account holder: Dr. Erwin F. Wagner
IBAN: AT30 1700000 474034682
BKS address: Hauptplatz 6, A-9462 Bad St. Leonhard, Austria
BKS phone: +43 4350 23940
Contact: Barbara Woelkart;


Tel: +43 4350 239412;

Mobile: +43 664 805 567173


Travel Grants and awards

The organizers are pleased to offer travel grants, supported by EMBO, to students and post-docs presenting an abstract and selected to attend the workshop.

The number of travel grants is limited and awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants according to EMBO guidelines as follows:

  • 6 grants of 250€: priority will be given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. After qualified applicants from priority countries have been considered, travel grants may be awarded to participants from anywhere.
  • 4 grants of 500€ exclusively to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in India, Singapore and Taiwan.

In addition, awards, supported by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, will be offered to a limited number of outstanding junior scientists, selected for a short-talk and/or presenting a poster. No geographic restriction applies for awards and poster prizes.

The grants and awards can only be used to cover the applicants´ economy travel costs to attend the workshop up to the amount specified for each category and will be on a reimbursement basis after the workshop, following instructions given to successful applicants. Grantees should make their own travel arrangement and keep receipts.


Application: If you are submitting an abstract and interested in applying for a travel grant, please choose "yes" when answering the question "Would you like to be considered for a travel grant?"on the online registration/application form.


Eligible participants will be contacted by the organizers after abstract submission deadline (12th February 2017) and asked to confirm their application to a travel grant by sending a CV + a short justification by e-mail. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application for a travel grant together with their participation/abstract acceptance (23rd February 2017).




Cristina Alvaro

Phone: +34-9122-46913




venue map


venue venue venue

Paseo de Illetas 15
07181 Illeta, Calvià/Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Phone: +34 971 402 211


Participants are asked to arrange their own accommodation at the venue or at one of the many nearby hotels.


Barcelo Illetas Albatros
(Paseo de Illetas, 15, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca. Spain)

Accommodation near to Barcelo Illetas Albatros
Gran Melia de Mar
(Paseo de los Illetas, 7, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca)

Riu Palace Bonanza Playa
(Paseo IIletas, s/n, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Riu Bonanza Park
(Paseo IIletas, s/n, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Hotel Bon Sol Resort & Spa
(Passeig Illetes, 30, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Europe Playa Marina
(Paseo Illetas, 68, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Roc Illetas Playa
(Paseo Illetas, 62, 07181 Illetas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)


Palma Airport is the 3rd largest airport in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with 25 million people per year passing through it. There are many direct connections from the capital cities in Europe. The meeting venue is only 14 km from Palma Airport. 

About the Area

The venue hotel has a fantastic location with its own small beach, close to Illetas beach and just 7 km from the centre of Palma. The hotel is 25 km from pretty town of Valldemossa, 34 km from Sóller, and 60 km from Alcudia.
Mallorca is an island where one can enjoy the purest Mediterranean traditions, flavors and scents. Its mild climate, scenic beauty, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and valuable artistic heritage make it a prime destination for tourists and business people.


Palma was founded as a Roman camp upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement. The city was subjected to several Vandal sackings during the fall of the Western Roman Empire, then reconquered by the Byzantine Empire, colonised by the Moors and, in the 13th century, by James I of Aragon. Palma has several architectural highlights, among them the famous Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Gothic Bourse/Llotja and numerous outstanding Museums such as the Miro Foundation and Es Baluard, a modern art museum, numerous galleries for art lovers.


Since the 19th century Valldemossa has been promoted internationally as a place of outstanding beauty, largely as a result of the affection of distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. Some main attractions include the 13th century monastery, where the musician Frederic Chopin spent a winter (1838-39). The monastery was originally built as a Royal Palace, however in 1399 it was converted into a monastery.


The main attraction of the town is the Plaça Constitució which is surrounded by cafés and has plane trees and a fountain in its centre. The tram passes through the Plaça on its way to and from the main station which has been restored to incorporate a museum of Picasso and Joan Miró. The church of Sant Bartomeu (Saint Bartholomew) facing the east side of the Plaça is flanked by the ajuntament (town hall) and the Banco de Sóller, a remarkable 1912 Modernista building with defining ironwork, by the Catalan architect Joan Rubió i Bellver, a follower of Antoni Gaudí.


The area where Alcúdia is located has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, but it is with the arrival of the Romans that the city makes its entry in the history books. There are remains of a Roman town just outside the medieval town walls, in front of the Church of St. Jaume, belonging to the ancient city of Pollentia. There is also a small Roman theatre. The old town has a 14th-century wall and it is possible to step up on the wall and follow it almost all around the village. North of the town is a bull ring from the 19th century.



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